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Good, Good, Good, Good Vibrations

By Kathe Forrest

We have heard the term, "Good Vibrations," since the 60’s when the Beach Boys made the saying popular with their song in 1966. One story of how Brian Wilson came up with the lyrics is from his mother who spoke to him as a boy about people’s vibrations.

“My mother used to tell me about vibrations. I really did not understand too much of what it meant when I was just a boy. It scared me, the word 'vibrations.' She told me about dogs that would bark at people and then not bark at others, that a dog would pick up vibrations from these people that you can't see, but you can feel.”

The song, even now when I hum the tune, makes me feel happy. And on the flip side, bad vibes give off negativity.

Yogi Bhajan gave us 5 sutras or threads that interweave with one another similar to fibers in a rug to help us understand life, to keep up our daily practice, and uplift our fellow humans.

Number five of the sutras asks us to “vibrate” and shake up the “Cosmos”—and in doing so, “voila” the path will be cleared. He gave us tools to “shake up” the Universe and make it better. In Brian Wilson’s world he used music and lyrics not dissimilar to chanting and using the sound current. Wilson’s song goes on into Infinity—probably played somewhere everyday, making someone feel better, clearing his or her path.

“Now the Age has come when your own psyche can be in flow and beam on the other personality, and in the cross-exchange you can heal a person just by walking by his side. For this we have to have a mental clarity, and we have to have a mental projection.”
-Yogi Bhajan from The Self-Sensory Human

I love this quote because of its simplicity in action. I can help someone simply by vibration. I can beam positivity through my chanting and early morning sadhana, through seva and speaking clearly and with compassion and love. My psyche gets in the flow of life and moves mountains, clears rocks—clears the path!

“I’m picking up good vibrations; God’s giving me excitations….
Good, good, good, good vibrations!”

The 5th sutra is related to the 5th chakra: throat, music, chanting.

Give this meditation a whirl and see how quickly your path goes forward with ease and clarity.

Meditation for the 5th Chakra (Throat Meditation)

Posture: Sit in Easy pose with the hands in gyan mudra. Straighten the spine, relax the shoulders and tuck the chin in slightly to create neck lock.

Eyes: Focus the eyes at the tip of the nose.
Mantra: Humee Hum Brahm Hum. Chant with the root of the tongue, feel the pressure in the throat.

Time: Chant for 11 minutes.

Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin is the author of The 40 Day Sadhana Companion: A Guided Journal (formerly titled Keep the Change). She is a mom, grandma called Nonni, yoga teacher, herbalist and nutritionist. She lives deep in the heart of Texas and volunteers through her local hospice and herb society.